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  1. OP here. Thank you so much for all of the responses--I really appreciate it. I'm sorry that it has taken me awhile to respond--I've been processing and changing things around. As some suggested, I started to watch my son to see how he was using his time. He was wasting SO much time! Getting up to get a drink. Sitting down. Getting up again for a snack. Sitting down. Changing the font on a paper instead of actually writing the paper. You get the point. 🙂 For 3 days, I called him out each time I saw him wasting time. And then all of a sudden, he was done one day at 1pm. An
  2. I'd say that he is spending around 6 hours (that does include our morning Bible time), but there is definitely some dawdling so I would say that it's not all focused time. Sometimes when he's finished, he's pretty spent. Maybe I should give him a short break (1/2 hour or something) and then expect another 1-2 hours for my other subjects?
  3. Thank you for the input. Outsourcing is new to me, so I had no idea that it might take so much time. And yet, I know that the material is engaging him (right before bed I found him reading the science book that he doesn't have to start until next week). I had also planned on history, spelling, grammar, typing, and computer. Do I just abandon them completely? Do some stuff over the summer? Make sure that he does 1 hour of something extra per day just get some of it done?
  4. How many hours per day should a 12 year old (7th grade) being doing? I don't think that there is a lot of busy work. He was definitely not used to this level of intense, of which I feel badly about. I feel like most of this year has been learning how to manage his time, which he still struggles with. The math has been difficult, but I have worked with the teacher and they have been helpful in adjusting his schedule a bit. We outsourced because ds needed to be around people more. He's grown in a lot of ways and I can see that it's been a good thing.
  5. Update below. This is the first year that I have outsourced any classes for my ds12. He is currently taking Math, Science, and English (which includes reading, writing, and some public speaking). They are intense. Getting the work done for those 3 classes is taking up most of his day. I was planning on working on other subjects with him, but I can't seem to fit everything in. I'm a bit at a loss. I was planning on working on other subjects with him, but I can't seem to fit everything in without making it into a super long and stressful day. Feeling super guilty because I've dro
  6. What about holding back in later grades? I've heard this for early elementary, but don't know anything about holding back later elementary.
  7. *Please do not quote* The co-op is something new, for people who live in remote places so it is pretty small. Our son would be in the "2nd" year of it's existence. The program works so that the kids fly to another location for 1 week out of the month and then do their work at home the rest of the time, so there is really only social time during that week. They have said that there could be some flexibility in the future--he could repeat pre-algebra when in the 8th grade. If this year of math proves to be too difficult. he could do a "study hall" math time and work on his own math (tha
  8. Unfortunately the co-op is only for 7th and 8th grades.
  9. *please don't copy* Thank you for much for your replies. Our big thing with wanting to try the co-op is that our ds doesn't have any English speaking friends. We live in a remote area and he speaks the local language well, but we see within him the need for friends who also speak his native language. The co-op only offers 3 subjects (math, science, and English), but he would get to do it English with some kids that are already his friends (though he doesn't see them often). There are no other options as far as friends/co-ops where we live.
  10. Edited to add "keepsakes" as I also have a few non-toy items (old piggy bank, necklaces, etc) that I'm trying to figure out what to do with. I have packed away some of my old favorites from when I was a kid--mostly stuffed animals and a few other random things. A few children have mentioned wanting things. I don't think that it makes sense to just keep them in a box, but how do I decide who gets what? Any suggestions? Advice? Anyone else distributed their old childhood favorites amongst their children?
  11. I've heard about CLE, but never really looked at their products. Honestly, I've always felt a little confused by the light books. Do they do grammar every day? Every year? Diagramming or just application? Do they have a placement test?
  12. Okay, so my title might be a bit dramatic. However, I am coming to the conclusion that my well thought out plans are not going to work for this particular child. The problem is that I don't know what WILL work. Ds is 11 years old and so far we have done FFL 1&2 and R&S 4. I thought that we would continue with Rod and Staff, but I can see that it is not working so well. I really don't want grammar to be something that causes stress. Ds is not very interested in most things school related. He needs lots of repetition and a workbook seems to work pretty well. I've discounted J
  13. Ds and I have talked and have shelved it for now. However, I will start researching more so that I can figure out what I'm going to decide on in the future. Thank you, everyone, for your input/advice/wisdom.
  14. PeterPan--Thank you so much! You touched on a whole lot of things that I've never even THOUGHT about. I have a whole lot more thinking to do . . .
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